By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Colonels closed the regular season on a high note Thursday, cruising to a 5-2 win over Clinton County to improve to 8-6 on the season.
The win came as the Colonels celebrated senior night and head coach Bosko Cupac said he couldn’t be more proud of his team for the way they finished the season.
“I was really excited with the way the guys played tonight,” Cupac said. “We came in and played aggressive and showed that we can score early and put pressure on the opposition.
“I thought we started early and we really attacked well, which gives your team momentum to build on,” he added. “We also put away our chances early and that’s something we haven’t been doing all season long.”
The Colonels got the scoring started in the first half on a pair of goals by Bruno Pontes to take a 2-0 lead before Hunter Keltner scored to put Whitley County on top 3-0 at halftime.
Despite giving up a pair of goals in the second half, Whitley County’s Cody Swafford, along with Keltner, added a goal each to give the Colonels the final lead of 5-2.
Cupac said he feels like his team has done a tremendous job of improving as the season has progressed, speaking of how they have improved in many different aspects of the game.
“I really feel like we have started to do a lot of things well that we weren’t doing when the season started,” Cupac said. “We’re pass-
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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